Pupil takes 10 straight As in stride

FORM Fiver Fung Chi-ho was told by his father not to get too excited about his 10 straight As in yesterday's public examination results, because the 17-year-old has a long haul still ahead of him.

''My father taught me not to see success or loss as something very important, but just to try my best,'' said Chi-ho, a student of Wah Yan College in Hong Kong.

He said continuing support - but not pressure - from his parents was a reason for his success in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE).

Results were released yesterday for this year's 118,516 candidates.

Chi-ho, one of five science-stream students with 10As, attributed his results to ''50 per cent talent and 50 per cent hard work''.

Two of the other top students are from Queen's College and one each from Pui Ching Middle School and Salesian School.

The perfect score was a surprise to William Gordon Chu Man-ming of Queen's College, which traditionally has a number of straight A students every year.

''I feel like a player from England's Manchester United when they clinched their league championship last year,'' said the 17-year-old football fan.

Education Director Dominic Wong Shing-wah said the overall passing rate of 63 per cent was satisfactory.

The department's careers and guidance section received 413 visitors and handled 349 calls on matters related to the exam yesterday.

A total of 4,382 people had called the Hok Yau Club's 22 hotlines since Sunday.

There are 9,687 Form Six places left after 13,513 Form Five graduates acquired places yesterday.